Ryan Dempster, Cubs Defeat Brewers: Magic Number Reduced to 50

Paul Augustin, Jr.Senior Analyst IJuly 30, 2008

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 Wednesday night at Miller Park.  The win clinches a series win for the Cubs in the four-game set. 

Chicago will look to bring out the brooms and go for a sweep when they send out Rich Harden to the mound on Thursday.

Ryan Dempster pitched seven solid innings in striking out nine while walking just one.  Dempster picked up his second road victory and 12th overall on the season. 

While Derrick Lee and Aramis Ramirez went hitless against Brewer pitching, Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot picked up the slack by combining to reach base 10 times.  Reed Johnson chipped in with three base hits. The Cubs' hitters reached base 22 times, eight on walks.

After a rough start after the midsummer classic, the Cubs have looked impressive- on the road no less- in their three most recent games against the rival Brewers. The Cubs improved to a mediocre 25-30 on the road.  This series victory over a quality opponent - over anybody, really - should give a boost to the Cubs' confidence and derail the morale of their opponents. 

The Cubs expanded their lead in the NL Central to four games over the Brewers.